LB Prospect Who Likes AU Having Big Season

A linebacker who has helped his team to an undefeated season discusses his interest in the Auburn football program.

Springdale, Ark.--Adam Herring says he loves intense, showdown football games and the recruit who is interested in the Auburn Tigers expects to be involved in one of those contests on Friday night.

Herring's unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Shiloh Christian team will be on the road for a state playoff game at 11-0 Bauxite High School, which is ranked No. 2 among Arkansas Class 3A teams.

The linebacker says that Auburn and North Carolina State are his two favorites, but notes that he currently has recruiting on the backburner while concentrating on his team's run in the playoffs. "I am not going to mess with anything until after the football season is over with," says Herring, who is the son of former Auburn linebacker coach Reggie Herring, the defensive coordinator of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Earlier this year Shiloh Christian knocked off one of the number one ranked teams in the state and Herring says he and his teammates are looking forward to another big challenge this week. "We are playing them at their place and it is going to be rocking," he predicts.

Going into the game Herring has 71 solo tackles and 13 assists. He has three quarterback sacks, three fumble recoveries and has returned two interceptions for a total of 31 yards. "In six of those games we blew teams out in the first half so I only played one half," Herring notes.

Herring has been a high school starter going back to his sophomore year when he played safety in North Carolina where his dad was coaching for the N.C. State Wolfpack. Last season he started at linebacker for Fayetteville High, but transferred to Shiloh Christian, a traditional football power with three state titles, for his senior year.

"My parents wanted me to move to Shiloh Christian because they decided it is a better place to prepare me for college because the class sizes are smaller and it has a really good academic environment," says Herring says, who notes that he is a "B" student who already has a qualifying ACT score.

Herring's dad coached at Auburn from 1986-1991 where he was known as a very intense assistant on former AU coach Pat Dye's staff. Adam was born at East Alabama Medical Center while his dad was coaching the Tigers.

The Herring family moved to Fort Worth, Tex., in 1992 when Reggie was named defensive coordinator at TCU. He was there for two seasons before moving to South Carolina where he coached at Clemson through the 2001 season before taking a job with the NFL's Houston Texans for two seasons. Herring returned to the college ranks at North Carolina State where he coordinated the nation's top-ranked defense when Adam was a sophomore before moving back to the SEC at Arkansas in 2005.

Reggie Herring was a very aggressive star linebacker at FSU who made 452 tackles in three years as a starter, including 170 tackles in 1980.

The Shiloh Christian linebacker says he tries to play aggressively, too. He notes that his father gave him some good advice he tries to take with him onto the field every game. "He says don't hesitate when you play football. If you hesitate you are going to be lost. Attack, be aggressive."

Herring is also hearing from another college where his dad coached (Clemson) as well as other programs, but says that the Tigers and N.C. State are his top two. Both colleges are recruiting him to play linebacker.

Describing his style of play, Herring says, "I am a headhunter who flies to the ball and takes people out."

Extra size is making that easier to do, he notes. "I am growing," the senior says. "A month ago I weighed 205 and I am up to 210. By the end of my senior year I am probably going to be about 220 pounds. I am almost six-foot-two now. I am 6-1 1/2."

Herring says he is enjoying being part of a team that is 11-0. "We are having a really good year," he says. "We have a lot of talent this year and we are rolling."

Herring says his favorite game so far came against Greenwood in the regular season. "When we were playing them they were the number one team in 5A, which is two classifications above us. It came down to a last-minute drive. We stopped them and won by one point. It was a big-time game in a big-time environment. It was a lot of fun."

The linebacker says that N.C. State was the first college to offer a scholarship and he is seriously interested in the Wolfpack as well as Auburn, which has also offered a scholarship, he notes. "Coach Willis (Auburn linebacker coach James Willis) talked to me about playing the position where Will Herring plays," he says.

Herring visited Jordan-Hare Stadium in November and saw the Tigers shut out Arkansas State. "I loved the trip," he says. "I loved the campus and the people there. They are real nice and everything. I really liked it a lot.

"It is big-time football at Auburn," he adds. "I like the opportunity to go in there and work hard and have an opportunity to play big-time football."

Herring is quite familiar with serious college football with his dad being involved in it and the Arkansas campus located just a few miles away from Shiloh Christian. However, the linebacker isn't considering the Razorbacks because he says it wouldn't be a good situation to be playing for his father's team.

However, it is a good thing to play football like his father, something that Herring is trying his best to do this season.


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